VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A dozen small dogs that the BC SPCA says may have been exposed to a potentially deadly virus have been taken away from a breeder on Vancouver Island.
The organization says animal protection officers went to the property on Tuesday due to concerns that the dogs weren’t getting veterinary care.
The SPCA says there were four adult dogs and eight three-month-old puppies that may have been exposed to canine parovirus, which is very contagious, causes gastrointestinal illness in dogs, and can be fatal.
The seized animals were Chihuahua crosses, and one Shih Tzu-cross.
Eileen Drever with the BC SPCA says the officers also found other concerns.
“Signs of neurological issues, lameness, eye infections, severe dental disease and ear infections,” Drever listed.
The animals were taken to a vet to be examined and treated. They are currently being cared for with the BC SPCA in Victoria. The SPCA says the pregnant females and mothers with pups will be taken to its foster homes for continued support.
There’s no word on any charges at this time.
The dogs are not available for adoption at this time.